Spotlight interview: Jim Pagiamtzis sharing journey on Networking and Speaking

Check out this short interview with Tonya Hofmann CEO of the Public Speakers Association as Jim Pagiamtzis sharing insights on journey of Networking and Speaking. Watch until the end to hear some hilarious stories.

Panning For Gold Auction

This oil painting (size: 24″ by 30″) was created by Canadian contemporary artist Lisa Cripps. Titled ‘Panning for Gold’, this artistic creation was inspired by Lisa Cripps’ work in the mining and investment industry as President of Capital Transfer Agency Inc. based out of Toronto’s Financial District. Lisa is a highly respected and loved MetroActive member who has contributed to the success of many of our members through her kindness, introductions and support.

'Panning for Gold' by Lisa Cripps - A 24"-30" oil painting inspired by the mineral and mining industry

Lisa has graciously donated this painting as part of “Let’s Build a Mine 2012” to take place at Akco Lounge in the Exchange Tower complex on February 8th, 2012. Proceeds from the auction of the painting will be donated to the The Townships Project – A Canadian non-profit jumpstarting business in South African townships through microlending, microfranchising and asset based community development. Canadian Charitable Registration Number (86418 8420 RR0001).The Townships Project

Lisa Cripps paintings are sought after by some of the most successful Bay Street executives and can be found on the walls of the following Financial District offices: Peterson Law Professional Corporation, Integral Wealth Securities Limited – Richard Jozefacki, Trelawney Mining, Magcopper – Mani Verma, Micon International – Mani Verma, That Channel (, McLean Kerr LLP – Jim Blake, McLean Kerr LLP – Gary Sugar.

Early bids for the auction will be accepted online. To place your bid register as a user on this site (with your proper name and email address) and enter your bid as a comment below this post which will be approved according to timestamp (or email with your name, contact info and bid amount). If you have the winning bid you will be contacted on or after February 8th, 2012 for payment and exchange. Winner of auction will be given the opportunity to be photographed and interviewed for an announcement to MetroActive’s 13,500 members, online posting and press release. If for whatever reason, the winning bid is not executed the painting will default to the next highest qualifying bid.


Spotlight: HA Solutions Inc.


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HA Solutions is a very unique service that helps you to see more clearly, make better decisions and achieve your goals in a way that you’ve never been able before.

Do you ever feel there is a block somewhere between you and your goals, and you just can’t seem to figure out what that is? HA Solutions helps you to identify those blocks and remove them so that you can achieve anything you want in business or your personal life.

The traditional way of thinking is that our problems come from the outside and we are surrounded with unsettling situations or people. Consequently, we look outside to solve our problematic circumstances. But we have a natural ability within ourselves to overcome any challenge.

We work with individuals and corporations that want to improve their life and their business.

To find out more about how:

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To contact Laure, Aleksandra: and Elizabeth:

HA Solutions Inc.
2133 Bloor Street West # 205
Toronto, ON M6S 1N2
(at Runnymede)

(647) 955-7528
(877) 764-9492

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Spotlight: Mike Yen, PC Candidate in the 2011 Ontario Election

As a MetroActive member, Mike Yen depicts the qualities that we support: commitment, leadership, involvement, hard work, honesty and integrity. It is no surprise that Mike is a PC candidate in the October 6th Ontario election for the Trinity-Spadina riding where he has lived for the past four years and has strong relationships with the community. As a resident of a condo at Blue Jay’s Way and Wellington within the Trinity-Spadina riding, Mike cares about the growth and development of the downtown core.

Growing up in Scarborough’s Malvern community Mike has an appreciation for cultural diversity which led him to major in History as part of his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. Mike’s cultural diversity experience has also been the driver for his volunteer activities over the past 20 years, which have included managing, and coaching community sports programs and serving as a mentor to vulnerable youth.

Since his graduation Mike has had a successful 10-year career as a federal servant. Mike is a strong supporter of small businesses noting the contribution they make to both the economy and unique communities within the Trinity-Spadina riding. Mike Yen is determined to represent the issues that matter most to the Trinity-Spadina community at the Ontario legislature, where he will combine his values and experience of cultural diversity.

MetroActive congratulates Mike Yen on taking his caring of our community and commitment to leadership to the next level by running in October’s Ontario election.  We encourage our members to meet and get to know Mike. This is your opportunity to share your concerns and desires with a man that could possibly be our next provincial government representative for the Trinity-Spadina riding.

Meet Mike Yen, Ontario PC candidate for Trinity-Spadina on Wednesday, September 14th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) at the Pinnacle Second Cup (S/E corner of Bay Street and Lakeshore Avenue, diagonal from the Air Canada Centre) by the Toronto waterfront.

Spotlight: Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, Member Since 2010

Nunzio Quacquarelli, is founder and managing director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, which aims to be the world’s foremost provider of independent information on top careers and education.

QS links high achievers from  graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world, with top universities, graduate schools, business schools and with employers. QS organises the largest series of business and postgraduate education events in the world, the QS World MBA Tour and the QS World Grad School Tour, amongst an extensive product range including print and online publications and software solutions.

Nunzio took his MBA at The Wharton School in the USA, where he won the Glockner Prize for Management, after gaining an MA at the University of Cambridge. At Wharton, Nunzio also led the team that won the Moot Corp Business Venture Award in 1990, in competition with teams from all the top US and European business schools. Before starting his own business Nunzio worked in strategy consulting for Mercer Management Consulting and Bain & Company, in the UK and Italy.

A respected journalist on management education and careers, Nunzio has written regularly for The Times of London for the past fifteen years and is also a contributor to other key media around the world such as The Guardian (UK), Handelsblatt (Germany), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and Corriere della Sera (Italy). In his journalistic capacity Nunzio has personally interviewed several hundred CEOs, partners and executives of major international corporations.

Nunzio is responsible for the annual Applicant and Recruiter Research, producing several reports including the annual report ‘Global 100 Top Business Schools’. He also Research Director for the annual THES – QS World University Rankings in partnership with The Times Higher Education Supplement. He is recognized as an authority on the strengths, weaknesses and specialisations of business schools and universities around the world. He regularly is invited to address government education ministers and speak at conferences and seminars on matters of postgraduate education, careers and curriculum development.

Committed to QS setting an example in socially responsible leadership, Nunzio has given this reality by establishing the charitable foundation, QS Education Trust, which provides scholarships for higher education for young people who have already demonstrated socially responsible leadership. QS Education Trust is funded by the QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference – an event which, each year,  brings together many hundreds of leading educators from around the world to discuss international partnerships and developments.

Nunzio is married with four children.

Note: For more information about QS visit

Spotlight: Ken Campbell

I first met Ken back in 2005 through a mutual colleague. We bonded quickly as we shared many stories and similar successes in both the corporate world and the entrepreneurial world. The introduction was part of an acquisition of a 50 year old food processing company. Within days our mandate expanded to include a second company and we were able to structure a deal that attracted international interest. Our relationship has continued and as recently as three months ago, I referred a deal to Ken in the financial district. Based on what I know of Ken, this member spotlight is well deserved.
Ken spent the first part of his career with major Canadian corporations in marketing including BMO, Nortel and MacDonald Tobacco. He then built companies in publishing, marketing and advertising. Several opportunities were then presented to use his skills to assist companies grow exponentially by developing business and marketing plans and mentoring the management team in successfully executing those plans.

This led to work in the Mergers and Acquisition area where he has helped companies travel through the minefield of buying or selling their business. As part of that process Ken studied to follow the rules of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act and is a licensed Real Estate Sales Representative with Real Estate Homeward in the Beach.

He now practices Residential and Commercial Real Estate including M&A, business sales and Lease/Rent to Own for Investors (15-25% ROI p.a.) and for Renters with bruised credit (but consistent income).

You can reach Ken by telephone at 416 553-6376 or by email:, website:

Psssst…You Wanna Be In The Spotlight? We are on the lookout for entrepreneurs and business professionals who would be of interest to our other members. If you or someone you know is innovative, cutting-edge, pro-active, involved and making a difference in our member’s lives then we want to hear about that person. Email us the story ( and why you think we should shine the spotlight on that person (or business).

Spotlight: Peter von Loesecke

Peter von Loesecke
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, The MBA Tour
Member since 2010
I first came across Peter von Loesecke and The MBA Tour when one of our members contacted me for advice about the value of an MBA in his career. After he attended The MBA Tour he commented on how useful it was for him because he was able to ask all the questions he wanted to the individuals representing the schools. I realized then, the importance of The MBA Tour to those looking for an MBA and made it a point to connect with Peter.I was impressed with what I discovered. As a specialist in designing and implementing operational improvements, Peter von Loesecke has extensive experience hiring graduate students for management consulting positions from a wide breadth of business schools. Given his industry and consulting experience, which spans 20 years, it is no surprise that Peter has a strong interest in working with graduate business programs to identify and recruit talent.

While working as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little and Applied Value, Peter sold and led engagements with global clients in the medical, consumer, and transportation industries. He has shared his knowledge through his published articles about commodity sourcing strategies, supply chain improvement initiatives, and the link between operational performance and stock valuation.

Peter earned his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. Then as a management consultant, he worked with clients across North America, Europe and Latin America.

Today, Peter von Loescke is the CEO and Managing Director of The MBA Tour which connects MBA candidates with various Business Management Schools so that candidates can gather career, educational and school information to make informed decisions that will significantly dictate their future.

The MBA Tour (Toronto MBA Conference) will take place in Toronto on November 13, 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West). The MBA Tour allows you to explore MBA programs and helps you discover your ideal school. Present will be representatives from University of Toronto, Queens, Ivey, York, UBC, McMaster, ESADE, Cranfield, University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown & others.

Know someone who is thinking about getting their MBA? – Help them out by forwarding this ezine to them.